If you’re heading off to America for a driving holiday you’re in for a treat as there’s no better way to see the vast and impressive country.
But before you jump in the plane, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the rules of the road to ensure you’re fully prepared.
We’ve complied a checklist with everything you’ll need to know to save you some time when doing your research on the American rules of the road.
- Full, valid driving licence
- International driving permit
- Vehicle rental forms (or proof of vehicle ownership)
- Proof of ID (Passport)
- Proof of Insurance
Driving laws and regulations in the US can change depending on which state you’re in. Use the following as a guide only and make sure you look into the specific rules of the road for area you’re heading to.
- You don’t need a reflective jacket, but you must have a warning triangle in the car to be used in an emergency
- The use of mobile phone handsets is prohibited in most states
- Use GPS and bring a map so you don’t get lost
- Some states have banned the use of radar detectors, but it’s unlikely your GPS will be a problem
- Drink driving laws differ from one state to the next, but driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited.
- US roads often have tolls, especially when entering major cities. How much you’ll pay depends on where you are. Entering New York by road costs $14.00, or $9.75 during off peak hours.
- Petrol prices are much lower in the US – petrol and diesel usually costs around 40p per litre
- It’s not a legal requirement, however it’s advisable to get breakdown cover when hiring a car
- Be aware that undertaking is not illegal on US roads
- Cars can turn right at a red light as long as it’s safe and there’s no oncoming traffic
- Some states experience extreme weather so make sure you keep up with local news
- Make sure your spare tyre is in good condition